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AFP Q&A - AFP's Live Online Chat!

October 1, 2014

AFP Live chat logoAFP now has a new way for you to interact with top leaders, practitioners, trainers and innovators in fundraising and philanthropy: AFP Q&A!

AFP Q&A! is a unique platform that allows you to engage with and present questions to our featured Hosts, who will respond to them during their dedicated session (ranging from 30 minutes to an hour). Participation is easy: Just go to the AFP Q&A! site (, select the chat you're interested in from the calendar or by clicking on the host pictures, and submit your questions. You can submit as many as you like, and at any time before (as well as during) the chat session. In fact, we encourage participants to post their question ahead of time - this allows the scheduled Host to prepare some answers before the show starts.

At the appointed time, the scheduled AFP Q&A! chat will go “live” and the Host will start answering your questions. While it may be impossible at times to answer every submitted question, every effort will be made to answer as many as time permits. You will be able to follow the "discussion" as we post the questions and answers provided by the Host, and the completed chat will be archived and preserved for you to access at any time!

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Upcoming AFP Q&A! Chats

There are no upcoming chats scheduled at this time - please check back soon for our 2015 schedule! 



Recent AFP Q&A! Chats

November 6, 2014 (1-2 p.m. ET)
Social Media for…Everything!, with Ritu Sharma, CEO and co-founder of Social Media for Nonprofit 

AFP’s next Q&A session tackles social media! It’s everywhere, we’re using it for everything, and we have a guest expert that knows everything—or can at least point you where to look if she (on the off chance) doesn’t! Ritu Sharma, CEO and co-founder of Social Media for Nonprofit and general session speaker at last year’s AFP conference, will share her expertise and perspective on all things social media. Events, campaign, ice buckets, outreach and retention—submit your questions today!

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October 1, 2014 (1-2 p.m. ET)
The Final Homestretch: Year-End Fundraising Appeals, with Catherine Connolly MBA CFRE

Do you realize that the end of the year is almost here? If you are involved with one of those organizations that bring in a majority of their income in this last quarter of the calendar year, you might be starting to feel nervous — seeing how much work still remains to be done and how much income is still on the “goal” side of the tally sheet. Join Catherine Connolly, MBA, CFRE and get some new ideas — or be reminded about those pesky best practices — about fundraising appeals at year-end. Bring your questions and we’ll talk about what’s important to remember, the potential pitfalls, and how to integrate your efforts across channels. Feel free to ask whatever is on your mind, even if it feels too basic or elementary. (You’d be surprised how many others have the same question!) Catherine has been an independent consultant since 1996, working with nonprofits regionally and nationally, so she’s heard it all!

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September 17, 2014 (1-2 p.m. ET)
End of Year Major Gifts: What’s Your Next Step?, with Amy Eisenstein ACFRE

"Is it too late to raise major gifts this year?" "What can we do to cultivate and solicit major gifts by December 31st?" "With the fundraising year-end clock ticking away, what will we do during the last 3 months of the year to ensure our donors give major gifts this year, next year, and for years to come?" "What should we do during the last three months of 2014 to cultivate, solicit and steward our biggest and best major gift prospects?" Sound like questions you’re asking yourself? Ask Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, instead! Send in your questions and comments on year-end major gifts and let Amy help you build out and finalize your final 2014 plan of attack.

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June 19, 2014 (1-2 p.m. ET)
Giving USA and the Nonprofit Career Path: Inside Information on the World of Philanthropy, with Heather Eddy

Are you where you want to be in your career? Do you work for an organization that makes you want to come to work every day? Do you have a strategic plan for what you want to accomplish? What are your WIGs (wildly important goals) for your professional path? Does it intersect with your personal passion? The Giving USA numbers have shed an increased light on philanthropy, and the people that make it happen: YOU! Join this chat to gain insights about your salary, your current job, your career and its trajectory, your boss, the people you manage and all other things nonprofit career related! Have a question about any of the aforementioned topics? Ask away! Host Heather Eddy, CFRE, has served the sector for over 20 years in a variety of roles. She currently leads Alford Executive Search, a division of KEES, which provides innovative solutions and unparalleled processes in retained executive search, human resources consulting, executive coaching, career development coaching and leadership development. Alford Executive Search is a sister company to the Alford Group, a national leader in philanthropic strategy consulting and organizational development for nonprofits.

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May 14, 2014 (1-2 p.m. ET)
Winning Ways to Strengthen Your Grant Proposal, with John Hicks, CFRE

How many of us spend hours and hours writing (and rewriting) a funding proposal and submit it feeling like we might have missed something important.  Join noted proposal writing expert John Hicks, CFRE, to learn how—in ways great and small—to capture the essence of your program or project to best sell your idea to a grantmaker. Ask John anything about grants—from researching and writing to developing and stewarding relationships with grantmakers to positioning your organization to be more competitive in its grantseeking efforts!

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April 23, 2014 (1-2 p.m. ET)
AFP Q&A: Post-ICON Wrap-up—All The Things You Didn't Get to Ask

Got a question from the conference you didn't get to ask? Or just thought of a follow-up? Or didn't even attend the conference but still want to ask a presenter something? We're taking your questions from now until April 11 (only two more days!) and getting them in the right hands. THEN, on Wednesday, April 23 we're bringing you the answers from the speakers themselves. Specify the session title and speaker in the topic line and pose your question by April 11. Then tune in on April 23 to not only get the answer to your question, but get the skinny on all of the underlying questions that came out post-conference!

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March 4, 2014 (1-2 p.m. ET)
Beyond the Buzz: A Real Conversation about Social Media, Mobile Technology and Fundraising, with Claire Kerr

If you’re like most non-profit professionals, you’ve already noticed the rise of social media and mobile technology as “buzz worthy” trends in fundraising. Did you know that with so many charitable organizations experimenting in these new spaces, research can now prove a visible (and positive!) impact on fundraising success when social and mobile tools are present in peer-driven or “crowdsourced” campaigns? Join this chat with social fundraising expert and AFP International Conference speaker Claire Kerr (@snotforprofit) and gain real insights into donor behaviour on social networks, the web, smartphones and tablets. Bring your questions and learn how non-profit organizations like yours are using social and mobile strategies to support and enhance their online fundraising efforts.

Read the Archived Chat with Claire! 

February 18, 2014 (1-2 p.m. ET)
Internationally Renowned Speaker Daryl Upsall, FInstF, Guides You into Global Fundraising—International Salary Comparisons, Staff Management and More!

If you're looking for an international fundraising professional opportunity, Daryl Upsall, FInstF, will walk you through what's out there, what it pays and what challenges you'll face. With over 30 years professional fundraising in some 50 countries, Daryl Upsall, an AFP International board member, has himself lived and worked in fundraising for most of the best known International NGOs, UN agencies and the Red Cross—both as a senior fundraising consultant and executive recruitment specialist for the sector. In the last 12 years he and his team have successfully hired over 300 posts for 158 clients in 144 locations worldwide. In advance of his workshop at the AFP International Conference in San Antonio on "Recruiting, Retaining and Developing Excellent Staff" his team at Daryl Upsall Consulting International, in association with AFP, have launched the first ever global survey on fundraising salaries and benefits as well as seeking to find out the motivations, challenges, ambitions and professional growth expectations of fundraisers around the world. If you want to find out what it is like to work as a fundraising practitioner in another country, or are interested in what it takes to recruit and motivate staff, then take the opportunity to join Daryl Upsall in this live Q&A chat....all the way from Madrid, Spain!

Read the Archived Chat with Daryl!

January 29, 2014 (1-2 p.m. ET)
AFP President and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF

We kicked off our inaugural AFP Q&A! chat with AFP’s president and CEO Andrew Watt, FInstF, from 1–2 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, Jan. 29! Andrew has more than twenty years of experience serving the fundraising profession around the world, and answered your question about global trends, public policy, skills and training, the fundraising community and where philanthropy is headed in the future ... and his favorite rstaurant in the DC region!

Read the Archived Chat with Andrew!

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